How to weave diversity, equity,

and inclusion

into your organization's DNA

Deborah D. Vereen

and Frank Miles

Traveling together on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion journey for over two decades.

Our partnership in the DEI discipline began more than 20 years ago when we were each positioned at two of the largest corporations in Central Pennsylvania. Now, we feel an obligation to share our lessons learned as widely as possible. Our goal is to empower DEI professionals working within organizations to become DEI Leaders and align DEI  practices with the organization’s vision, mission, core values, and goals.

Our Holisitc Approach is:

While Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are complex topics, we simplify DEI by showing how it can be systematically woven into an organization’s DNA. We describe the sequenced and sustainable actions necessary to

• educate the organization about the many dimensions of DIVERSITY,

• ensure fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some individuals and groups — EQUITY, and

• help it identify and adopt behaviors and practices that bring traditionally excluded  individuals and groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power and ensures equal access to opportunities and resources – INCLUSION.

What We Are Saying Now

Read our latest thinking for your organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion journey toward a culture of Belonging.

1.1 Why Most DEI Initiatives Don’t Translate Into Sustainable Systemic Change

Most organizations neglect to educate themselves about the breadth of DEI and its valuable impact upon the workplace, and society in general, forging ahead without a cohesive and sustainable plan. It is time for a new way of thinking - a holistic process that weaves the principles and practices of genuine equity into the fabric of the organization.

2.1 The Challenge Of Converting DEI Principles Into Practice

There is no uniformly accepted road map or best practice for converting DEI principles into practice. The challenges faced by DEI Leaders are substantial. Understanding why these challenges exist is essential to learning how to overcome and navigate them.

3.1 How To Identify Your Organization’s DEI Goals/Objectives

The process for identifying an organization’s DEI goals and objectives starts with the organization’s own “constitution.” A DEI Leader must align DEI principles to the organization’s existing goals and objectives.

4.1 What It Takes To Become An Effective DEI Leader

Passion for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion alone is not enough to excel in the DEI Discipline. We have identified six essential qualities and skills needed to become an effective DEI Leader. 

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“An effective DEI Leader identifies what is important to an organization and connects the dots so that the organization's decision-makers understand how embracing DEI will enable it to succeed.”

—Making DEI Stick